Unfortunately, there’s no cure for the common cold. But treating your cold at home can at least limit your suffering and calm your symptoms. Once symptoms are under control, you’ll be able to rest better at night. Getting sufficient may help you bounce back sooner.
Many effective cold medications designed to ease your symptoms are available over the counter. Please note: Consult your physician or pharmacist for guidance as to which cold medicines are right for you. With any medicine, use extreme care until you know how it affects you.
Medicines that may give you a bit of relief while the cold runs its course include:
- Decongestant oral medication can ease the discomfort of stuffy sinuses, but they have a downside. They may cause anxiety, raise you heart rate and keep you from sleeping soundly. Those with high blood pressure may want to choose cold medicines without a decongestant, sometimes called high-blood-pressure formulas.
- Keep in mind, using a nasal decongestant for longer than three consecutive days can cause a rebound effect. You may actually become more congested after taking it.
- Saline nasal spray can help to dilute mucus without any risk of rebound. It’s not a quick fix like a decongestant, though.
- Antihistamines are designed to help dry up a runny nose and calm or eliminate sneezing. Because they make some people drowsy, nondrowsy formulations are available.
- Cough suppressants may quiet your cough. They’re available as oral medications like cough syrup, cough drops and throat sprays. Some physicians recommend against these for treating a cold at home, saying they’re of no help. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger prescription drug to combat the cough.
- Expectorants can help ease chest congestion by loosening and thinning mucus so that you can cough it up.
- Many cold medicines contain a combination of the above ingredients.
Do you need supplies for treating your cold at home? Contact Mar-J Medical Supply online or on our toll-free number. When in Boca Raton, stop at our retail location.
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